Rent Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954)

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1h 32min
Rent Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (aka Honour Among Thieves) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Max (Jean Gabin) and Riton (Rene Dary) are two ageing gangsters who manage to pull off their final heist, a spectacular gold bullion robbery at Orly airport. All is well until Max's former girlfriend Josy (Jeanne Moreau) tips off a rival gangster, Angelo (Lino Ventura). The latter kidnaps Riton and threatens to kill him unless Max hands over the spoils from his robbery...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Robert Dorfmann
Writers:
Albert Simonin, Jacques Becker, Maurice Griffe
Aka:
Honour Among Thieves
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Collections:
A Brief History of French Poetic Realism, Award Winners, Heist Movies: A 20-Year Stretch, Lions on the Lido, A Brief History of Film...
Countries:
France
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/08/2007
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
French LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/08/2017
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
French LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New Interview with Ginette Vincendeau
  • New Interview with Jean Becker
  • Interview with Jeanne Moreau
  • Jeanne Moreau on Gros Plan and Ina - 1957

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Reviews (2) of Touchez Pas Au Grisbi

Ingots and Ingrates - Touchez Pas Au Grisbi review by CH

Spoiler Alert
06/03/2022

A heist has taken place. That is stock in trade for a film noir. What distinguishes Jacques Becker's Touchez pas au grisbi (1954) from others is that there is no rush to dispose of the goods, indeed the gold. The ingots can bide their time as smartly-dressed Monsieur Big (Jean Gabin) decides when to bow out quietly from an illicit trade, and enjoy a less anxious life.

Here are women (including Jeanne Moreau) as curved as the smart automobiles whose whitewall tyres ply the Paris streets from one night club to another. Trouble is that Gabin's accomplice, René Dary, has let slip sufficient to his girlfriend just as she is tiring of him; she does not lose time in telling others of the wealth to be had for a little rough-handed asking.

Such is the plot, and it does not lack for gunfire - and quite a climax -, but, as much as anything, here - on a second viewing - is a study in loyalty (it was, predictably, released here as Honour among Thieves). For all the action, this is a reflective story, taken from a novel by Albert Simonin (and there are indeed elements akin to the dur novels by his near-namesake). He wrote two more in this series. Both were filmed, but do not appear to have the réclame of this one, which is so good that one feels inspired to seek them out.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Nigh on perfect - Touchez Pas Au Grisbi review by NP

Spoiler Alert
16/10/2020

A nigh on perfect crime flick. Jean Gabin touches the sublime as an ageing gangster who just wants to go to bed. Also a clear influence on Scorsese's equally excellent The Irishman.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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